Fusion Of Faiths

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We’re in the era of pluralism. Open-mindedness. Acceptance. Tolerance. “Our tradition,” according to Rabbi Daniel Burg, 37, of downtown’s Beth Am Synagogue, “is not to interrogate people before we count them in the community. … We don’t exclude people based on their beliefs.” It’s a peace-and-love mentality. And why not? Aren’t Jews supposed to be… Read More

Ready & Waiting

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
Orioles, he wants to 
contribute in any way he can. (Todd Olszewski)

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your… Read More

Century Marked

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On several occasions during their nearly 60 years of marriage, Emily Velelli would tell her husband, Emmanuel, that she wished to die before him. She didn’t believe she could live after he passed on. Nonsense, Emmanuel, who died in 1993, would staunchly tell her. “He would say, ‘No. You’re strong. You have to stay here… Read More

TED Talks Therapy

“The good news is that I’m old.” That was how Lois Blum Feinblatt, 92, opened the discussion that she and Chris Kraft, Ph.D., therapists in the Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit (SBCU), led  June 10.  The talk — “The Modern Family in America” — was a follow-up to a recent TEDx Baltimore presentation by… Read More

Professionals In Training

The seventh-graders at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore celebrated life in the fast lane at a career exhibition this past Tuesday. On June 18, the 28 girls dressed up like professionals and welcomed parents, grandparents, younger and older students and their teachers to an hours-long presentation that showcased career opportunities, which the students had been researching… Read More

Amazing. Vibrant.

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When Erica Biegen, a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, signed up to travel with Baltimore-area Hillel students on a tour through Jewish Poland, she assumed the trip would focus largely on the country’s Holocaust history. Biegen soon learned, and was pleasantly surprised, that she was mistaken. The tour, which spanned nine days from June… Read More

Rabbis Reflect

The Baltimore Jewish Council held its annual meeting Thursday, June 13, at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Israel at 65: Rabbis Reflect featured an intellectual and honest panel discussion by three of Baltimore’s rabbinical leaders: Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation, Rabbi Ron Shulman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation…. Read More

Local Foundation Recognizes City Educators

Honorees, Manekin Foundation representatives and guests celebrate the new Bernard Manekin Award for Leadership in Education.

On June 6, two Baltimore City Public School teachers, Patrick Daniels and James Childs, were awarded the first annual Bernard Manekin Award for Leadership in Education. Funded by the Bernard and Vivian Manekin Foundation, a supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the award seeks to “shine a light on great teachers… Read More

Baltimore County Promoting Hands-Only CPR

Dr. David Efron is used to dealing with serious medical cases in his role as director of trauma and chief of the division of trauma and surgical critical care at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Surgery. He never expected to experience such a case in his own home. That was exactly what happened a few… Read More

Kippa Surprise

Shulamit Finkelstein of Ellicot City is a master at crocheting, and last summer, she embarked on a project that she only recently completed: crocheting 200 kippot for her grandson’s bar mitzvah. The project came at the suggestion of her daughter, Bryna Sherr. “Two hundred kippot,” Finkelstein remembers her saying. She thought to herself, “I better… Read More